Altaf Halde, who recently stepped down as Managing Director, Kaspersky Lab South Asia has joined Network Intelligence, a 400-employee cybersecurity consulting firm as the Cyber Security Global Business Head. Network Intelligence, incorporated in 2001, is a well-known name in the areas of cybersecurity services and products.
Halde has more than 20 years of experience in cybersecurity with responsibilities that have included enterprise account management, channel management, critical infrastructure and government relations.
Halde spent seven successful years in Kaspersly and was instrumental in growing the Kaspersky Lab’s product business faster than competition (as pointed out by IDC in their Endpoint security survey, 2013-14). He was also responsible for launching and building the security services arm of Kaspersky Lab with offerings around Threat Intelligence, Cyber Security Trainings, Penetration Testing, SCADA Security Assessments, Incident Response and Digital Forensics.
At Kaspersky Lab, Halde has been replaced by Shrenik Bhayani who has been appointed the new General Manager for the South Asia region covering India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, and the Maldives. Prior to Kaspersky, Halde headed the business for other cyber security MNCs such as Sophos PLC, Utimaco and Pointsec.
Speaking on this development, the CEO of Network Intelligence, K. K. Mookhey, said, “As part of our strategy to become a strong global cyber security player, we are ramping up our sales & marketing teams. Altaf is a veteran in the cyber security space, and brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the business development function. Under his leadership, we are sure that the Network Intelligence brand will grow even more rapidly in reputation and size. His experience in growing Kaspersky Lab’s business will be invaluable as we seek to grow not only our services business, but also our products – Firesec and Insight.”
Altaf Halde added, “I am delighted to join Network Intelligence. KK, an industry veteran and Network Intelligence have established a strong reputation in their existing markets as a committed and passionate services company. I have been impressed with the quality, skills, dedication of the team and the reputation it has with its customers. My goal is to help build this into a global brand with my expertise to win new account, setup new alliances and enter new markets.”
The key is to create value for our clients in cyber security initiatives. Without the right strategic approach, clients will not be making the right investments for the most effective cyber security initiatives. I am here to help them do so”, Halde added.